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Yorktown Neighbors Notes: by Janesez

Many friend connections begin as neighbors and then grow over the years. These friendships can begin by changing diapers together or meeting in preschool. They flourish throughout all stages of childhood from losing teeth, Girl and Boy Scouts, sports, graduations, first dates, driving, proms and shared college experiences.

I had the pleasure of being invited to have dinner with a bunch of neighborhood friends at Somers 202 Restaurant and Grill last Wednesday. It was $5 martini night and Terry Denu, Maria Desimone, Monica Garrigan, Dana LaPorta, Sue Scott and Marguerite Tirelli were out to catch up, swap stories about their 17 children combined and how quickly 19 years of neighboring can fly by!

Sue Scott summed the night up, "How lucky am I that I can end my day with dinner with a great group of friends. Some I see often....some I don't...and the best part is that some of these great women didn't know each other and now...they are friends. All just "check your ego" at the door" kind of people."

Another group of women were at Somers 202 celebrating an even longer span of friendship...over 30 years. They were celebrating retirements, birthdays and a few grandchildren too! Honoria McAlister, Carol O'Donnell, Carol Harrington, Nancy Picco and Marianne Fennelly raised their 15 combined children and now are celebrating the weddings and births of their friend's children.

Two things these groups of women have in common: they still enjoy living in Yorktown and they love when they take the time to have dinner and drinks with women they have a history with.

There are two proud sets of parents in Yorktown this month. Nikhil Jani of Cortlandt Manor, age 14 and Frederick Compton of Yorktown Heights, age 13 have attained the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle Scout. Nikhil's Eagle project was to create a spiritual park for St. Patrick's Church.

With the help of members of the Troop and his family, Nikhil designed and managed the creation of an Outdoor Stations of the Cross that will be used lovingly by members of the parish for years to come.

Freddie's Eagle project was to repair and paint four classrooms at St. Patrick's School. With the help of members of the troop and his family, Freddie planned and managed the repair, painting and cleaning of four classrooms in the school that were desperately in need of a little tender loving care.

The refreshed classrooms will be a wonderful place for young people to learn the "3 Rs" and about their faith for years to come. Nikhil and Freddie from Troop 173, will be presented with their Eagle Scout Medal and Badge at a formal Court of Honor later this month.

Not to be outdone by the boys, the St. Patrick's Girl Scout Troop is working on their silver award. Alison Danahy, Teresa Devino, Meg Donohue, Sarah Franzem, Eileen Leddy, Caelyn McGowan, Laurunce Rosenthal, Valerie Sedano, Cynthia Schmidt and Bridgit Terceira walked around Yorktown Community Day handing out homemade pins, bracelets and stickers of hope and faith. They did a great job of informing the community about cancer prevention and awareness.

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